Supported living for adults with learning disabilities

Supported living is a way of helping adults with learning disabilities to have the opportunity to live as independently as possible.

The government and Department of Health are clear that people with learning disabilities should be allowed to live as independently as possible to enjoy a more fulfilling life. We are supportive of this and are working to make sure all adults who are eligible are given the choice to live more independently.

The options

If you do not want to live in residential care, but you would not be able to cope on your own at home, then supported living might the right option for you.

There are 3 options:

  • sharing a house or flat where other people get the same help as you
  • having your own house or flat with the support you need there
  • living with someone and their family, this is called Shared Lives.

Each one of these options is made up of suitable or adapted accommodation with additional personal care suited to your needs. Your care manager will work with you to determine which is the best option for you.

How it can help

In supported living, examples of the types of help we can offer are:

  • choosing where to live
  • running your home
  • support with looking after money and benefits
  • getting washed and dressed and personal care
  • cooking, shopping and looking after your home
  • going to college or doing courses
  • going to work and doing voluntary work
  • doing things with your friends.

Contact us

If you would like help to move into your own home and have support to live in the way you want, you can:

Read our easy read guide to Kent Supported Living (PDF, 545.7 KB).

Success story

"I'm really excited about my new home. It's very lovely. I might buy new chairs, a table and a settee."

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Penny Southern talks about supported living.

How it works

Once you have decided that you would like to live more independently, discuss your options with your care manager. You can then make an informed decision about what you want.

Some supported living homes may be shared by 2 or 3 people or you may have you own home.

If you decide to move, your care manager will help find suitable accommodation for you. There is plenty of choice and in lots of different areas in Kent. You should be able to continue living in the same location, if you want to.

If you need a family member or an advocate to help make the decision with you then this is OK. Everyone's opinion will be listened to.

When you have moved in, your care manager will visit you and review how things are going. It is important to talk about anything you are happy or unhappy with.